Monday, December 07, 2015

50th Anniversary Gala Concert

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Wawel Folk Ensemble celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala concert held at the Warren Woods Middle School in Warren, Michigan.  The event featured performances by current and alumni members of the ensemble.  The concert featured regional and national dances from throughout Poland.  Included in the performance were:

Songs & Dances from Podlasie;
Songs & Dances from Biłgoraj;
Songs & Dances from Sieradz;
The Krakowiak (along with the Ensemble's theme song Na Wawel);
Songs and Dances from Cieszyn;
Dances from Old Warszawa;
Songs and Dances from Kurpie; and
The Saxernet Polka.

Interspersed with Ensemble's dances were songs played on accordion along with performances from members of the PRCUA Opole Dancers, and the PWA Łowicz Dancers along with commentaries, reminiscings, and introductions from the Ensemble's co-founder along with the Ensemble's Managing Director and Artistic Director.  The Ensemble was particularly honored to have members of the Dolina Folk Ensemble from Minneapolis, Minnesota in attendance at the concert.  Thank yous go out to Marcia Lewandowska for her efforts in founding the Ensemble in 1965 to Tom & Donna Skurski, the group's current director and choreographer, the Ensemble's alumni members, who participated and attended the event, the Ensemble's current members, along with all patrons and sponsors who bought ads, raffle tickets, or attended the event.  It's been a wonderful first 50 years and we look forward to the next 50.

Wawel's next public appearance will be on December 24, 2015 at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, MI in the procession during its Pasterka.

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